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Chicago War Memorial Competition Entry: Perspective View

A work made of ink and pencil on paper.

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  • A work made of ink and pencil on paper.


c. 1930


Bruce Alonzo Goff, American, 1904-1982
Alfonso Iannelli, American, born Italy, 1888-1965

About this artwork

The aim of the Chicago War Memorial competition was to “adequately memorialize the sacrifices and services of all who served in the world’s war and in a manner relating not inharmoniously to the adjacent architectural and landscape elements of Grant Park and the yacht harbor.” The memorial was to be constructed on a man-made island in Lake Michigan across from Buckingham Fountain. The competition resulted in 114 entries that were narrowed to four finalists by the jury. Finally, a scheme by the New York architects Eric Gugler and Roger Bailey was selected. Second place was awarded to Benjamin H. Marshall, a Chicago architect.
Bruce Goff and Alfonso Ianelli, who worked together on this competition, were not recognized by the jury. However, their scheme is an interesting result of the combination of Goff’s creative approach to architecture and Ianelli’s talents as a designer and artist.
The first place design’s high cost, estimated to be between two and five million dollars, and the economic depression of the 1930s meant that no monument was ever executed.


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Architecture and Design


Bruce Alonzo Goff (Architect)


Chicago War Memorial Competition Entry: Perspective View


Chicago (Building address)

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Designed 1925–1935


Ink and pencil on paper


Mat opening: 11.2 × 23.6 cm (4 × 9 in.)

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Gift of David Jameson, ArchiTech Gallery of Architectural Art

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